After shooting for about a year with my Nikon D3500, I wanted to upgrade to a full frame. My eye was set on the D850 but with a $3,000 price tag and the fact that I had no experience with a camera of that caliber, I opted to go with the slightly older D810. At the time of writing this, you can't find this camera new, but you can find it used for anywhere from $700-$1000 and up. I paid around $700 for a clean US model. Going from a crop-sensor to a full frame in itself was a huge upgrade for me. I will say there was a learning curve on how to use all the functions and controls in order to produce the types of images that this camera is capable of. The 36 megapixels was more than enough to really stun me. The low light capability was great as well. I was shooting landscapes only when I bought this camera and that is where it truly excelled! The images it can produce are crisp and clear depending on the lens of choice of course. This camera paired with the Nikkor 14-24mm F/2.8 was absolutely stunning. Once I got the hang of the controls I began dabbling in astrophotography. Again, this camera created images I only dreamed about and finally I was producing photos that seemed professional. Where this camera struggles is the speed. This is no surprise if you have done your research on this camera at all. Shooting wildlife and action was certainly doable, but at a slower pace. She struggled at the skate park but did fine with the bike park where bikers were hanging in the air for a few seconds allowing for an in focus shot. Overall this camera changed my photographic life and I truly fell in love with it. I recommend it for anyone looking to get into full frame cameras. It really produces great images and the quality shows when blown up over 11X14. If not for my wanting to start shooting more sports and wildlife I would have had no reason to upgrade this camera whatsoever! A truly solid investment.
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